4 Fast Beauty Hacks For The Holidays

by Pam on October 30, 2014

The holidays are approaching and that means tons of parties, events, family gatherings, church outings and more. With all these activities happening, I want to look my best.  My problem is I am a low maintenance kind of lady.  Gone are the days when I would spend two hours in the morning curling & styling my hair and applying makeup. (Okay, okay, these days passed as soon as I had kids. I was lucky to get five minutes to spend.)  Over the years I have learned a few tips and tricks to look polished without spending hours on my appearance.    Today, I am sharing my four fast beauty hacks with you.Brittany

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Basic Gluten Free Cupcakes Recipe

by Pam on October 29, 2014

I used to think there was nothing better than a cupcake. Then I discovered the joy of cream filled cupcakes. Rich creamy filling oozing out of each bite? Yes! I was all over it! When my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac, I was sure our cupcake days were over. I knew I would miss those tasty little bites.  After talking to other bloggers at a Allergy Awareness Seminar, I learned I could make cupcakes if I had seventy million (seems like) flours and ingredients I had never heard of.  Who has Xantham gum in their kitchen for regular cooking? Not me.  Seeing my crestfallen look, one of the ladies suggested I try a boxed mix and add ingredients to it.  I experimented with different combinations and finally came up with one I liked.  This basic gluten free cupcake recipe can be adapted in so many ways, like these Orange Creamed filled cupcakes with Orange Frosting!  And we can enjoy cupcakes again.
Lemon Cream Filled Cupcakes

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This post is sponsored by Natural Balance and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Original Ultra Whole Body Health Pet Food, but Simply Southern Mom only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Balance is not responsible for the content of this article. #WholeBodyHealth

Quick! What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “whole body health” for cats?  I admit, until our cats began visiting the holistic vet, I had never thought about it.  When our cat, Mitzie, began chewing her fur off in clumps until she looked like a hairless cat, I began to research cat health.   After all, it was embarrassing telling people, “I don’t know why my cat has no fur and scabs.  Yes, I have taken her to the (traditional) vet.  They don’t know either. We’re doing medication.” It turned out, besides being a nervous cat, possibly from her days at the animal shelter, she was allergic to gluten.  I was shocked.  Who knew cat nutrition could have such a big part in their well being?  I thought all cat foods were created equally. Boy, was I wrong!  I couldn’t believe the difference a gluten free product made!  She actually has fur in this picture!

Mitzie as Hello Kitty

She wears clothes to help prevent licking.

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This #SpookySnacks shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#CollectiveBias
Orange Cream Filled Cupcakes

Every year for the past twelve years we have gathered with some good friends on Halloween. We allow the kids to Trick or Treat, have a quick meal and spend the evening munching on Halloween snacks. After all, the candy has to be inspected before the kids can eat it. Naturally, my favorite candy has to be inspected and eaten by me.  I am always asked to bring the desserts and try to make something different each year.  I knew I planned to make cupcakes, but what kind?  I was trying to think of Spooky Treats when I passed a Fanta sample booth at Walmart.  Boom! A light bulb went off in my head. Why not make Orange Cream filled Cupcakes with Orange Frosting? I could use Fanta for flavoring.  I rushed home to try out my idea. Because I always need to sample it in advance, right?
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Each year I try to share some of my favorite products I’ll be gifting family and friends.  I like to choose tried and true items, ones that I know will get plenty of use. There’s nothing worse than giving someone a nice gift and then later finding out they are using that expensive piece of china as a pan to feed their chickens. And, yes, that was a true story!  My 2014 Gift Guide  has items  that have passed the “useful” test and been appreciated by family and friends.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Mousse Parfaits Recipe (sugar free, gluten free)

October 26, 2014

It finally happened. I outgrew my “when I gain weight” pants. I’d been stress eating-and reaching for every thing sweet  I could find- but still exercising with a brisk two mile walk several times a week.  Then, boom, I hurt my foot and got placed in a foot boot.  Between my slow, painful downtrodden limp, [...]

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Quick Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe

October 25, 2014

Have you ever craved something sweet but didn’t have the time or energy to make a long, complicated recipe? Or, my personal favorite. the dreaded last minute, “Mom, I forgot. I need something for a bake sale tomorrow.” At times like this I turn to this recipe my aunt used to make when I was [...]

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